Haley appoints health and human services leader

COLUMBIA (WACH) -- Governor-Elect Nikki Haley made her fifth Cabinet choice Tuesday.

Tony Keck, of Louisiana, will lead the South Carolina Department of Health and Human Services.

Haley says Keck, a former policy advisor to Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal, will help the Palmetto State "deal with Obamacare."

We searched across the country for an expert in health care reform, said Gov.-elect Haley. I wanted someone who understands that South Carolina will not be a victim to health care mandates pushed down by Washington, but instead we will be proactive and fight to create reforms that serve tax payers without compromising on quality of care.

The state agency is responsible for administering federal health care programs for the poor and elderly.

In addition to serving as a policy adviser, Keck worked several positions in the Louisiana Department of Health and Hospitals, along with Johnson & Johnson and hospitals and clinics.

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Haley will become the state's first female governor when she is sworn in next week.

Last month, Haley named her choices to lead the department of commerce, labor, juvenile justice and corrections. She till must appoint leaders to 10 other state agencies.

She also announced her senior staff picks in December.

All 15 nominees must be approved by the Senate.